Do you crafty-holics make New Year’s Resolutions for resolving your project woes? Are there any skills that you have just not mastered yet? Since there are so many exciting ideas out there to try, it is good to add more techniques or styles to your existing mastery. I like to challenge myself to create something out of my comfort zone.
Last year, (A few days ago) I channeled my energy into sewing. I have always loved how sewn papers and fabrics add such splendor to junk journals, scrapbooks, tags, and more. However, I seem to continuously mess up the process. Typically, either the upper thread or the bobbin runs out of thread, or the needle breaks and I replace it incorrectly (or all the above). When woes such as that happen, it ruins the material, or jumbles up the stitch. I keep the messed-up papers and fabric by covering it up with some other type of medium, like torn book pages on the back of a sewn tag.
Those mishaps do not stop me from repeatedly trying to understand where I am going wrong. I’m embarrassed to say that I have had my sewing machine since 2003 and I basically still have no clue how to correctly use it. Years ago, I had pushed it to the back of my closet with my clay, jewelry, wood burning tools and other stuff I picked up at the beginning of my serious crafting journey. I just couldn’t leave it in there. I realized that I had been missing out on so many opportunities to jazz up my artistry.
I therefore have decided that by the end of 2020 I will run my papers and things through that machine like it were second nature, without destroying the materials. By practicing and putting it to good use the dust will finally not be the only thing touching my Singer sewing machine.
So, set some artistic goals for the year coming. Decoupage that napkin to your canvas. Open your new digital software and design your first graphic. Use your charcoal pencils you just received for Christmas and start sketching. Whatever you do, whether things work out smoothly or not, don’t give up. Tell yourself that you will become a prodigy of that trade. You will resolve what has been hindering your progress. That’s what making resolutions are about.
I hope this post is helpful! Thanks for reading it! Happy Crafting!